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The north of England has more really, really good restaurants than London

Yorkshire, Lancashire and Cumbria dominate a new list of the best places to eat

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Sophie Dickinson
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Don’t all rush at once – because we want a table too – but the north of England is the place to be for food right now. 

The Estrella Damm National Restaurant Awards were announced this week and four of the top five are outside of the capital.

Moor Hall in Aughton, Lancashire, came top of the list. The Angel at Hetton, Yorkshire, was second and House of Tides in Newcastle was fourth. Michelin-starred L’Enclume in Cumbria came in at number five.

Sure, several classic London restaurants all made the list, including Core by Clare Smyth in third place and Mayfair’s Sabor at number six. But other highlights include the Manchester’s ‘technical and precise’ Mana in eleventh place and Yorkshire’s ‘local-boozer-cum-hip-restaurant’ The Moorcock Inn at 14. Clearly, there’s something in the air up north.

Here’s the top 20 in full:

1. Moor Hall, Lancashire

2. The Angel at Hetton, North Yorkshire

3. Core by Clare Smyth, London

4. House of Tides, Newcastle 

5. L’Enclume, Cumbria

6. Sabor, London

7. Brat, London

8. A Wong, London

9. Mere, London 

10. The Black Swan at Oldstead, London

11. Mana, Manchester

12. 14 Maltby Street, London

13. Davies and Brook, London

14. The Moorcock Inn, West Yorkshire 

15. Ynyshir, Powys 

16. The Sportsman, Kent 

17. Hide, London

18. Skosh, York

19. The Man Behind The Curtain, Leeds

20. Noble Rot, London

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